Maid of Honor, Chicago, 1993
Chromogenic development print
9 x 13 inches on 11 x 14 inch paper
Signed Edition of 50
(United States Born 1956)
For over fifteen years Paul D'Amato has focused on the Mexican-American community living in Pilsen on the south side of Chicago. The rapport he has built over the years with members of the community is apparent in the uninhibited expressions of his subjects. Photographing everyday life as well as celebrations such as weddings, D'Amato aims to create imagery that refers beyond visual specifics to larger truths about the dynamics of the neighborhood. D'Amato received his BA from Reed College (1980) and his MFA from the Yale University School of Art (1985). A Guggenheim Fellowship in 1994 enabled him to spend a full year working in Pilsen. D'Amato's photographs have been widely exhibited and are held in numerous collections such as The Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. D'Amato is an associate professor of photography at Columbia College Chicago.